Republican leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a Nov 30 letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to follow up on prior requests that the agency make certain information relating to rulemaking activities publicly available.
In an effort to improve transparency for taxpayers, committee leaders previously requested EPA post rulemaking petitions and notices of intent to sue to the agency’s website, but they said the agency has yet to take action.
When President Obama took office he pledged transparency would be a hallmark of his administration, declaring: “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.” Jackson echoed this commitment to transparency during her confirmation hearing and in an April 2009 memo to EPA employees.
In the Nov. 30 letter, committee members urged Jackson to follow through on this transparency pledge by improving public access to information. “Providing the public with timely access to information about the rulemaking petitions and notices of intent to sue received by the Office of the Administrator and/or Office of General Counsel would significantly increase the transparency of EPA’s regulatory process,” they wrote.
Committee leaders previously wrote to Jackson on March 30 to request the information be made public. This letter followed Jackson’s testimony at a committee hearing on Feb. 28 in which she committed to posting such information on the agency’s website.
Read more at EnergyBiz.com. By Barry Cassell.
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